Beware the Wild by Natalie C. ParkerBeware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Beware the Wild

byNatalie C. Parker

Paperback | January 26, 2016

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Southern Gothic gets a whole new twist in Beware the Wild, now in paperback. Sure to appeal to fans of the bestselling Beautiful Creatures series, New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White called Beware the Wild "American myth at its very best."

The swamp in Sterling's small Louisiana town proves to have a power over its inhabitants when her brother disappears and no one but Sterling even remembers that he existed. Now Sterling, with the help of brooding loner Heath, who's had his own creepy experience with the swamp, must fight back and reclaim what—and who—the swamp has taken.

Beware the Wild is a riveting and atmospheric page-turner readers will want to devour. And don't miss Behold the Bones, a companion to Beware the Wild!

Title:Beware the WildFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062241532

ISBN - 13:9780062241535


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Creepy I approached this book cautiously because I have read one too many that go for the creepy factor and end up either frustratingly vague or with sappy characters whose incompetency and naiveté are as responsible for making the setting mysterious as the setting itself is. This book did not do this. This book has a swamp that is a living, breathing, horrifying thing with just enough secrets to keep you on your toes even when all the important stuff is resolved and a physical presence that is deliciously eerie. It was like a character all on its own and I loved it. Our heroine was great. Flawed, but not annoyingly so, determined but not stupid, willing to let go of angst and laugh once in a while and open to loving those around her. She got things done and dealt with her mistakes and it was great. I also really really loved Candy. Not only was she a force of nature, she had a great best friend relationship that was never belittled or anything like that. She stuck with Sterling when it mattered. I was also worried that her stubbornness and all that would drive her away or something, only to be vanquished when she was "shown the light," but instead she compromised with surprising grace and her supposed weakness became her greatest strength. She never had to be shown the right way or the truth because she accepted it on her own terms without losing any of who she was as a person. It was great. Overall, really pleased with this.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was interesting Sterling Saucier's big brother, Phin, ran into the swamp. He did the one thing everybody in Sticks, Louisiana, knows not to do. You see, the swamp is dangerous. Only the fence surrounding the town keeps the things, the monsters, in the swamp out. Sterling waits, and finally, somebody emerges from the sticky murk of the swamp. It's not Phin. A strange girl named Lenora May clambers over the fence, and nobody has second thoughts. Lenora May Saucier takes the place of Phin in everybody's memories. Not one person in Sticks remembers Phin, except Sterling, and she's going to do whatever it takes to get her brother back. This book was one of those books where I get sucked in, but it doesn't take me more than two seconds to put it down and do something else. You can decide if that's a good thing or not. I definitely liked this book though. Sterling is a great character, although I don't understand something about her. She doesn't eat. Not because she thinks she's too fat or something like that, but because her brother is going off to college, and that makes her mad. I don't understand why she chooses not to eat, because not eating isn't going to stop your brother from getting further educated, but maybe one of you guys will relate. Sterling and Heath's relationship seemed a bit forced, and even though I liked it, I kind of wished we got a little bit more background before they started dating. The plot was a bit fast paced at some points, but not too fast. I think that some parts were left a bit loose ended (Spoiler- highlight if you want to read it: Like the part with the cherry. If Lenora May ate the cherry, she'd be dragged back into the swamp with Fisher, and she'd never be able to leave. So why is it that when Sterling ate the cherry, all it did was enhance the glow of the shine?). Also, there wasn't really any parents in the book. They were there, but they weren't mentioned even as their kids left in the middle of the night or vanished for hours. Even though there are a few faults in this book, it's still a great read for anyone in the mood for a little dash of paranormal. Recommended for teens ages 13-18.
Date published: 2014-10-07

Editorial Reviews

“Parker hits all the right notes here, from the oppressively hot but chillingly creepy atmosphere to the slow-burn pacing to the cast of eccentric but believable characters. Fans of Yovanoff’s Fiendish and Quinn’s Another Little Piece will delight in this folklore- inspired Southern gothic.”